Fun times

A lot going on in the county of late, with plans on top of plans for more. Clinton is having its Chili Cookoff this weekend, and this after last weekend’s Roadkill Cookoff was a full day of things to do, plus good eatin’. While this was going on Fairfield Bay was having its health fair. And don’t forget Shirley is having its car show next weekend, Oct. 14.

It’s a great time of year to be busy: The weather this time of year is the best reason to live in Arkansas.

More fun times

Speaking of the chili cook off, the Van Buren County Democrat is entering this year, so of course that means the rest of y’all are now in competition for second place. (Our secret ingredient is we don’t let the editorial writer have anything to do with cooking.)

See you there.

Serious times

With Randy Gurley taking over as Van Buren County Sheriff we can expect to see some changes in that department. It’s not that things were good or bad, it’s just that Sheriff is a department that has a lot of sub-departments under it such as jail, patrol and investigation. And more to the point if you’re running that department (those departments) you’re expected to stand up before the Quorum Court once a month and justify the money being spent and the direction being taken.

Under those circumstances we expect we would season to taste as well. Add on top of this the looming large and growing cloud of the 2018 budget with its expected cut backs as the county comes to term with diminishing revenue.

Now add that in this environment, Sheriff Gurley is not able to run for re-election. So of course they’ll be coming out of the woodwork for the election. That’s good, it gives we voters a chance to pick the person we think would best fill the roll, but it also means we have the potential - the potential, not the fact - of the politics getting mean spirited if not outright nasty as we get closer to election.

We will do everything in our power to remain above such a fray. Further to that point we remind that as an editorial policy this paper does not endorse a particular candidate nor does it endorse a particular political party. (Although we have to point out that “political party” and “sheriff’s office” seems rather trite to yoke together. It’s 2017, after all.)

We look forward to, and will make every effort to provide, information so that voters can make an informed choice, not just for the sheriff’s office but for all political candidacies.

Speaking of politics

Water: We’re not hearing a lot about it, but we know the Clinton Water Board is slowly coming together, and talks are in the very early stages between Dennard and Clinton water.

And we drink a lot of water. Doctor’s orders and all, plus it’s good for you anyway, but that’s the point of bringing this up: We go to the spigot, turn it, and water comes out. It’s clean, and we drink it, might even go back for more. We honestly didn’t appreciate the many turns of the stream (please allow us this pun, after all we avoided “there’s a new sheriff in town” earlier) it takes to provide clean water to a community until we started paying attention as news-gatherers. It really is impressive.

“Count your blessings,” the people who know about such things tell us, and they’re right, we should. We’re blessed to live in an area which, despite revenue issues, looming politics and an entire county being trounced by a scrappy newspaper in a chili cookoff, we can always enjoy a glass of cool, safe, water.

2 Samuel 23:15-16 (NIV)

15 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord.